How I Got Here

AdoptiveBlackMom is a diversity professional, social science researcher, writer, blogger, mom and full-time smarty pants living in the Washington, D.C. area. Follow her on Twitter @AdoptiveBlackMom and like her Facebook page.  There are many writers chronicling…

Trauma, Race and Invisibility: The Power of Getting Woke

Melanie Chung-Sherman (LCSW-S, CTS, LCPAA, PLLC) is a Texas Board-certified clinical social worker and supervisor and a licensed child placing administrator through the state of Texas. Over the last 18 years, she has specialized in the…

Reforming Adoption at the Hyperlocal Level

This guest blog post was written by Lori Holden and Addison Cooper. Lori Holden, MA, writes at the award-winning site, LavenderLuz.com. She’s the author of The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption, written with her daughter’s birth mom and…

Lost and Found in Lion

Like its namesake, the movie Lion roars a powerful message about family, identity and the meaning of the journey we are all on to find our place in this world. For those of us connected to…

Measuring the Workplace Climate for Open Adoption Practice

This guest blog post was written by Dr. Tanya Bretherton. She is a Sydney-based research consultant, sociologist and writer with 20 years of experience in the fields of early childhood development, education and care, organizational culture…

What is the State of Adoption in America Today?

Over the last year, we asked ourselves a tough question: why—after 20 years, over 40 publications and 180 recommendations (and that is just from DAI alone)—have policies and practices not advanced far enough fast enough? With…

Access to Original Birth Certificates: A Human Right

When a child is adopted in America, his/her original birth certificate becomes sealed and an amended birth certificate is issued, which lists the adoptive parents as birth parents. Although openness and transparency are hallmarks of adoption…

Understanding Options Counseling Experiences in Adoption

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is excited to release our latest research report Understanding Options Counseling Experiences in Adoption: A Quantitative Analysis of First/Birth Parents and Professionals. This research was conducted by Dr. Elissa Madden, Assistant…

Unmasking the Truth about My Adoption

This guest blog post was written by Kevin Gladish, who was born, adopted, and raised in Cleveland, OH. He is a recent late discovery adoptee who is still searching for his birth family and writing about…

Why All Sibling Relationships are Real

This guest blog post was written by Mary Anna King. She is one of seven biological siblings who were adopted by five different families and raised separately. Her memoir Bastards (Ó 2015, W.W. Norton & Co) chronicles…